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School Choice Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Some people think that parents and students ought to be offered educational alternatives to the traditional public school system through voucher or charter school programs. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) looks at both alternatives, as well as the choice to concentrate our energies on improving the traditional school system. (continue)

Posse Foundation

The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called 'Posses.' These teams are then prepared, through an intensive eight-month Pre-Collegiate Training Program, for enrollment at top-tier universities nationwide to pursue their academics and to help promote cross-cultural communication on campus. (continue)

Kick Socrates Out of the Classroom! Developing A More Deliberative Classroom Discourse

A new theory of democratic education and a rethinking of its philosophical foundations are needed. This need derives from the inadequacies of the deferred model of education, which suspends deliberation from the classroom, treating students as not yet qualified for and the learning process as not requiring their serious input. This false and destructive notion is rooted in guardianship theory, a popular alternative to democracy that rejects the fact that democracy is itself a developmental and educational process, one ideally suited to the purposes of the classroom. Classroom talk in this model is rooted in the Socratic method, that prevents students from thoughtfully examining a range of issues for and between themselves. (continue)

Together for Tomorrow: Building Community Through Intergenerational Dialogue

Together for Tomorrow is a guide and information resource to help you break down isolation and separation between the generations. It presents a proven process for community building: the Intergenerational Dialogue (TM) process. Intergenerational Dialogue is a tool for joining all ages, cultures, races, genders and economic classes in problem solving and joint action. (continue)

Helping All Students Succeed in a Diverse Society Choicework guide

Sometimes particular groups of students across a district are achieving at lower levels than others. In a society as diverse as ours, how can we best help all children succeed in school? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda examines three approaches: raise expectations, demand excellence of all students, and have higher standards for student achievement; increase parental and community involvement and help students with social problems that distract them from learning; and ensure a safe and respectful learning environment. (continue)

School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police

CRS assists communities with crisis management and violence reduction. (continue)

PeaceJam: How Young People Can Make Peace in Their Schools and Communities

Based on the highly acclaimed PeaceJam program?an educational action plan built around the spirit, skills, and wisdom of Nobel Peace Laureates?this is a practical and motivational guide that will inspire a generation of peacemakers. PeaceJam traces the lives of five American teens who, by applying the skills and techniques from the PeaceJam program and developing personal relationships with Nobel Peace Laureates such as the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, begin to sense their own potential for greatness. (continue)

Montgomery Co Public Schools Study Circles

This 6-minute video highlights the efforts of Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Study Circles Program to address racism and student achievement in the district's schools and community. Includes Spanish subtitles. (continue)

NYEC’s Institutional Racism Project

A guide to assist schools and program staff in facilitating dialogues on institutional racism with young people. (continue)

Is There a Public for Public Schools?

Kettering President David Mathews looks at the fraying relationship between Americans and their public schools. He concludes that it is unlikely that schools will make lasting improvements unless communities change; unless citizens increase their capacity to act as a cohesive group. The book provides direction for individuals and communities concerned about reaffirming the common public purposes their schools should serve. (continue)